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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

Messy Monday

Monday, July 6; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lisa Greco – Baby Birds on a Branch (unconventional painting)

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, July 7;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, July 8; 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Sun Catchers

Warm yourself in the garden and catch some rays in your very own sun catcher.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, July 9; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dinosaurs Roar!

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

Sponsored by:

 

 

Diggin’ Dinos     

Friday, July 10; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lace up your boots, put on your sunscreen, and head to Discovery Center’s outdoor dinosaur quarry. Uncover a mystery; play with plaster; test your mastery of the Mesozoic in our dinosaur game show; and use your Cretaceous creativity. Touch real dinosaur bones; talk to a paleontologist; and get a feel for fossils in this hands-on day of fun in the dirt!

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Messy Monday

Monday, July 13; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Discovery Center Art Intern (salt painting)

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, July 14;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, July 15; 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Bees

Check out the buzz in the garden! Look at a honeycomb, learn what a beekeeper does and make a hively craft to take home.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, July 16; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exploring Outerspace

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

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Journey to Mars

Friday, July 17; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Attend an astronaut academy and become part of the engineering team that designs the wheels for a Mars Rover. Then check your trajectory; sample astronaut food; and get ready to blast off to the red planet! Attend a special planetarium show; view a NASA presentation; and more!   

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Messy Monday

Monday, July 20; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Ingrid Hyde – Art is Like a Cupcake (sculpture)

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, July 21;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, July 22; 10:30 a.m. to Noon


Bean Mosaics

Using paper, glue and lots of beans, create a mosaic of your very own.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, July 23; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Hop to It!

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

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Mission: Minecraft

Friday, July 24; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

     

Get your hands on real ore and examine rocks as you dig in and gather the materials needed to fashion a fortress. Transform minerals into metal; harness the sun’s energy; make a zombie deflector; and practice your building skills. Transform physics, math, and chemistry into survival tools you can use in this hands-on adaptation of the popular game!

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Messy Monday

Monday, July 27; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Tasha Nesisewander – Flubber

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, July 28;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, July 29; 10:30 a.m. to Noon

 

Scavenger Hunt

Can you find all the hidden surprises in the Secret Garden? Find all the objects to win a prize.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, July 30; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Crunchy and Chewy Stories

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

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Gettin’ Corny

Friday, July 31; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

                  

How many ways do we use corn? Explore the many facets of this incredibly versatile plant as we manufacture biodegradable plastic; invent a popcorn topping; concoct a non-Newtonian fluid; witness ethanol explosions; sample sugars; make a-maize-ing art; and even take part in corny math!

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Messy Monday

Monday, August 3; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Lana Hartgraves – Tree of Life (mixed media)

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, August 4;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, August 5; 10:30 a.m. to Noon

 

Smells

Use your nose to identify a variety of plants that grow in a garden.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, August 6; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Brrrr …. Snowy Stories

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

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Frozen

Friday, August 7; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    

Liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and instant snow are just the beginning of this chilly experience. Check yourself for brain freeze; toss a snowball at the target; make a melty masterpiece; and see what Olaf can teach you about science! Come in costume!  Bring your gloves!

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, August 8; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Messy Monday

Monday, August 10; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Sue Stevens – Pasta Stain Glass Windows

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, August 11;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, August 12; 10:30 a.m. to Noon

 

Trees

Get hands-on with tree bark, find out how old a tree is by counting its rings and make a plaque to hang on your door.

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Secret Garden Story Time

Thursday, August 13; 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Drip, Drop … Soggy Stories

Join us in the Secret Garden each Thursday from 11-11:30 am for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week.

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Whoosh and Sploosh

Friday, August 14; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

          

What fun you’ll have with drips and drops and breezes and gusts on this wacky day when liquids and gases take center stage. Use wind and water to create a work of art! Defy gravity; make a toy; and take part in science demos that will blow you away! Dress to get wet and wind-blown!

Family Fridays Presenting Sponsor.

 

 

 

Messy Monday

Monday, August 17; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Bruce Quast – Cartooning

Drop by the Discovery Center on Mondays between 11 am and 3 pm this summer for Messy Mondays. Local artists will lead children in creating make-and-take art projects.

 

 

Blacklight Tuesday

Tuesday, August 18;  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Create designs and patterns using florescent shapes and letters in blacklight!

Included with museum admission.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, October 10; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

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